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Lady Patriots drop two in doubleheader with Surry CC

March 5, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) softball team was on the cusp of winning its first game of the season Saturday (Mar. 5).

Surry Community College, however, did just enough to pull off a doubleheader sweep at Martin Field.

The Lady Patriots managed to get the tying run on base in the seventh inning but couldn’t complete a comeback win in an 8-6 loss in Game 1. They were shut down offensively in Game 2 by Knights starter Morgan Shiflett as Surry ended the game in six innings with a 10-1 victory.

Surry took advantage of a few costly PHCC errors in each game and also did damage with two-out RBI hits. A three-run, fourth inning — all with two outs — in Game 1 helped open up a one-run lead, and a five-run, first inning in Game 2 put the Patriots in an early hole.

“It seems like we can get two outs but can’t find a way to close out the inning. To win ball games you have to close those innings out but also be able to hit with those two outs, too,” first-year Patriots coach Robbi Campbell said.

Sophomore Hailey Williams hit her first career home run leading off the Patriots’ first inning of Game 1. Her shot to center field, Campbell said, helped establish the kind of start he’s been looking for in doubleheaders.

“Surry is a good ball team and you know you have to put runs on the board,” Campbell said. “For Hailey to come up in the first inning, leadoff and drive one over centerfield was big. She’s a leader on the team and that set a tone.”

“That was the best feeling I’ve had in my life, I’ve never been so pumped,” added Williams of her long drive. “At first I didn’t think it was going over and then I saw it and was extremely happy.”

Williams was 2-for-2 in Game 1 adding a double and a pair of walks with three runs scored. Freshman Abby Williams connected on a two-run homer in the third inning to close a 4-1 deficit to one before the Knights responded with three runs in the fourth. Freshman Kayla Hailey also added a multi-hit game with a run and RBI.

The PHCC offense was held in check in Game 2, managing just two hits as a Maddy Gauldin RBI hit in the fourth inning, spoiled Shiflett’s shutout bid. Shiflett finished with six strikeouts, working her changeup to near perfection.

Defense and pitching was scattered for the Lady Pats in both games. Four unearned runs and six more in Game 2 played a factor in each loss. Freshman Krista Frazier battled through seven innings in Game 1, walking six and hitting two batters while scattering eight hits. Hailey fared well in Game 2 beyond the tough first inning, giving up five over the next five innings.

The outfield was busy as it made 19 putouts on the day with just one error.

PHCC travels to Petersburg, Va. on Sunday (Mar. 6) for a round-robin tournament and will face Pitt Community College and CCBC Catonsville.

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